Nicolas Cage once won an Oscar for Best Actor. That seems so long ago. Almost in a parallel universe. Cage, a fine actor of the 90s, has reduced his work to strange-sounding and weird-looking B-grade movies which have a cult following of their own, but won’t get him anywhere close to the Oscar nominations. There is a good actor trapped inside somewhere, who occasionally steps out like in Kick-Ass and the indie-flick Joe, but otherwise Cage is ready to do whatever is handed to him. If you enjoy his work even now, or if you are just curious to know the kind of movies Cage has lined-up next, then check out this list.
Army of One (2016)
The director of slapstick comedies like Borat and Bruno, Larry Charles has brought in Nicolas Cage for his next absurd comedy which is about an American civilian who sets out on his own to find Osama Bin Laden. No prizes for guessing that Nicolas Cage is going to be that poor civilian who will entangle himself in silly episodes that even might find a laughing audience somewhere in the remote corners of America. I won’t be joining them.
Excitement to watch: 2 (on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being the lowest)
USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage (2016)
If you read the plot, the movie seems to hold promise. It is the true story of the crew of the USS Indianapolis, who were stranded in the Philippine Sea for five days after delivering the atomic weapons during WWII. But now that Nicolas Cage is attached to it, I can very well imagine how bad things will turn out to be. Presence of director Mario Van Peebles gives me no assurance either, his last movie holding a 4 rating on Imdb.
Excitement to watch: 3
Oh, yeah! That rare glimpse of the old Nicolas Cage may only be a few months away. Oliver Stone’s biopic with Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Edward Snowden has Nicolas Cage in the role of a former US Intelligence official. Little has been revealed beyond that, but Snowden is bound to attract far more attention than Cage’s other movies combined, and under the stewardship of Oliver Stone, I am expecting Nicolas Cage to shine.
Excitement to watch: 8
Dog Eat Dog (2016)
Sometimes, the title of a movie tells you all that you want to know. That this ain’t gonna be good! This one comes from director Paul Schrader who worked with Cage last in 2014’s Dying of the Light which only a Nicolas Cage follower would have heard of. The same is going to be true about Dog Eat Dog which is the story of a trio who are adapting to civilian life after being released from prison. Willam Dafoe is part of the cast, if that gives you something to look forward to.
Excitement to watch: 2
Vengeance: A Love Story (2017)
The movie is in pre-production stage, but what a terrible title! It sounds cheesy and not worth repeating. For the die-hard fan of Nicolas Cage, bore this title into your mind because Cage is directing it apart from starring in it. Cage is going to play a gulf war veteran who seeks vengeance against those who assaulted a single mother. Oh boy!
Excitement to watch: 3
Mom and Dad (2017)
Nicolas Cage is back in business with Brian Taylor who directed the second movie in the Ghost Rider series. Taylor has also directed the films in the Crank series starring Jason Statham. So you may either love him or hate him, but Taylor’s Mom and Dad might just be a little better than the others we are reading in this list. This one is a horror-thriller about a teenage girl and her little brother who must survive 24 hours during which a mass hysteria of unknown origins causes parents to turn violently on their own kids. Nicolas Cage can easily give me the creeps!
Excitement to watch: 4
The Croods 2 (2017)
This is more of a safe bet. It is the animated sequel to the hit movie The Croods from DreamWorks Animation, where Nicolas Cage voices the father Grug of the caveman family. The voice cast also includes Emma Stone and Ryan Reynolds. Cage’s voice fit perfectly for Grug and made him likable in the first movie, so I have no real worries here.
Excitement to watch: 6
Well, at least we can safely say that Nicolas Cage is a busy man, that’s for sure!